Dr. Ronald Gibbons, Ph.D., FIES

Associate Professor

Ph.D., M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Gibbons is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and School of Design, where he teaches about light and lighting design. He is also a prolific researcher, having published over 8o papers concerning: lighting, visibility, and roadway safety. Dr. Gibbons is the Director of the Infrastructure Based Safety Systems Laboratory at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is the lead lighting research scientist at the Institute. He is currently the PI on projects investigating the impact of outdoor lighting on human health, the Spectral Effects of new light sources on roadways, the application of smart lighting to roadways.  Dr. Gibbons is the subject matter lead for the FHWA office Safety IDIQ contract. He is a past Director of Division 4 of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America. He also received the IES Medal, the Society’s highest technical honor, in 2020.